AT&T starts activating FaceTime over cellular for unlimited data plan customers [Update: Confirmed]


When Apple introduced FaceTime over cellular feature in iOS 6 last September, AT&T only allowed customers with a Mobile Share plan to use the feature.

Since then it has been slowly expanding access to the feature to other customers.

In November, it expanded FaceTime over cellular access to any customer with an LTE device on a tiered data plan to use the feature.

Then earlier this year, it further expanded access to the feature to all customers on a tiered data plan. This meant that the only customers to be left out was AT&T customers with a grandfathered unlimited data plan.

However, last month, AT&T announced that unlimited data plan customers who have an iPhone 5 or any other LTE device will be able to finally use the feature in June, followed by any customer with the unlimited data plan by the end of the year.

AppleInsider now reports that AT&T has started activating FaceTime over cellular on LTE and HSPA+ devices for customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans.

So far, activation of the service has been verified in parts of New York, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, California and Hawaii. Voice and video quality is nearly on a par with the Wi-Fi implementation of the service, suggesting AT&T is not throttling those subscribers who choose to use the feature while on the go. 

It is unknown to which, or how many, locations AT&T has rolled out the service, though the company appears to be targeting large metropolitan areas first.

If you’re an AT&T customer with grandfathered unlimited data plan, then please do let us know if FaceTime over cellular is working in your area.


Several readers with AT&T’s unlimited data plans have confirmed that FaceTime is working over cellular network. Thanks everyone for the confirmation.

Fierce Wireless also reports that they’ve received a confirmation from AT&T spokesperson.

“We’re simply doing what we said we would do, as we outlined in the original statement on this issue,” Siegel said.

via AppleInsider